The Professional Engineer - Promoting professional engineering

Professional Engineering... Creativity Rewarded

This web site is maintained by IESIS (A multidisciplinary professional engineering institution) to promote the principle that professional engineering is a very important activity in human affairs. Young people with high level qualifications from school seeking to decide on a career should consider professional engineering.

Students need to make the correct links between the subjects they select for study at school and the careers they want to follow.

The information available from this website is intended to help in making such a choice and provides guidance on:

* Qualifications required to achieve C.Eng (Chartered Engineer) status -see education       
* Career variety see careers
* Current salary expectations (most recent data 2013) for Chartered Engineers which are high and rising. - see salaries


The Engineering Council 2013 survey (their most recent) shows Chartered Engineers' salaries rose 32% between  2007 and 2013.

Engineers enjoy 5 of top 10 graduate salaries in the UK

Half of all Chartered Engineers earned more than  £60,000 per year.

Chartered Engineer mean annual total earnings in 2013 were £72,000/year.

Chartered engineer mean total earnings in the energy sector in 2013 were £92,000/year

The Engineering UK 2018 Report indicates that:

Graduate Engineer starting salaries average 18% higher than the mean for all graduates at £25,607.

Average starting salaries range from £24,137 and £29,036 and are second only to Medicine, Dentistry and Vets.

The UK needs many more Professional Engineers

Did you know that in 2014 there were approximately 205,000 Professional (i.e. Chartered and Incorporated) engineers registered with the UK Engineering Council.

It has been  estimated that the UK will need 124,000 new graduate engineers and technicians per year from 2012 until 2022 and an annual shortfall  of 40,000 per year is predicted..

Engineering is not in decline and needs young qualified people,men and women

Engineering is Big in the UK

In 2015, engineering generated 25% of the UK Gross Domestic Product.

Engineering’s financial contribution to the economy (called GVA) is around 3.4 times that of the financial sector and 2.2 times our combined Retail and Wholesale sector.

19% of the UK total work force is employed in the engineering sector and the increase in the number of UK engineering enterprises was 6% between 2015 and 2016 (Engineering UK 2018 Report).

Indeed the Information and Communication sector (which requires computer and electronics engineers) saw an increase of 40% in engineering enterprises over the 5 years up to 2016.

Engineering pays almost 24% of all UK taxes - around £1.23 trillion

Where are the jobs?

Engineering employed more than 5.6m people across almost 690,000 companies in 2016.

Job vacancies are increasing as we are not meeting the demand for engineers with 2.6 job vacancies for every 100 jobs filled. We expect this shortfall to continue to increase year on year.

124,000 new graduates and qualified technicians are needed by the UK each year.

Biggest job sectors are, approximately :

      Electrical/Electronic      1.5m

      Production/Manufacturing          1.0m

      Chem/Process/Energy                0.95m

      Auto Eng                                    0.38m

More cars are built in one area of the UK (Sunderland) than in the whole of Italy.

What subjects do I need for university?

So employment opportunities are high and the financial rewards are out there for all high school students,girls and boys, who select their main Highers subjects from STEM- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Final selection will depend on what area of engineering interests you most - e.g. Biology for bio-engineering, Chemistry for Chemical/Process engineering, Maths for all, Physics/Engineering Science for mechanical/ civil/structural/electrical/electronics etc. Always check with the university websites listed and your guidance teacher before finalising your subject choices.

The Engineering UK 2018 Report notes that the number of students taking STEM subjects at Higher level in 2017 was about the same as in 2016.Those taking STEM Advanced Highers increased slightly over the same period.

Overall entries across A Level subjects decreased by 1% between 2016 and 2017 and, worryingly, by 3.9% over the 5 years to 2017.

IESIS hopes that this website will encourage even more of you to take STEM subjects once you have reviewed the information on the wide range of highly rewarding and exciting careers offered by engineering that we have consolidated for you within the site.

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